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JP Preventing non-communicable diseases, promoting healthy lifestyle and support to modernization of the health system in Belarus: Key Documents
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) have established a Joint Programme entitled “Preventing non-communicable diseases, promoting healthy lifestyle and support to modernization of the health system in Belarus” using a pass-through modality.
Project activities are provided for by the EU Annual Action Programme 2013 for Belarus (AAP-2013), which stipulates rendering assistance to improve the health system and the welfare of the Belarusian people, including the following components:
The project is a set of measures corresponding to the goals and objectives of Components 2 and 3 of the Programme, implemented in conjunction with the activities of Component 1 and complementing them, contributing to local capacity-building of the areas and regions in terms of development.
The Joint Programme
This proposed action is the first EU financed national entry project in the health sector in Belarus. Therefore it appeared most reasonable to rely on the existing expertise of the most experienced partners. Considering the specific mandate of UN agencies in the health field, extensive partnerships with healthcare civil society organisations and experience in activities at the local level in Belarus, component 2 will be implemented by UN agencies under path-through modality of Joint Programming.
This project is built on the principles of the UN system and the possibilities of specialized agencies (UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA) in terms of strategic measures to combat non-communicable diseases, child and adolescent injuries, and to strengthen the health of mothers and children. It will be implemented through the project which will contribute to the effectiveness of Government programs and actions of the Government and local authorities in the area of reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases, both at the national and regional levels, as well as increased activity of the population in the development and promotion of local initiatives that contribute to better health. Thus, the project priority will be the involvement of the population into the project by providing a tool for joint activities of local authorities, the public and other stakeholders in strengthening public health and improving the quality of health services.
Under the UN policy "Deliver as one" (DAO) UNDP will coordinate the contributions from other UN agencies according to the specific mandates of these agencies. UNDP will coordinate and manage the involvement of specialised UN agencies such as WHO, UNFPA, UNICEF, allowing for an integrated approach encompassing multiple intervention aspects into one single action. Moreover, UNDP proves to have an extensive network of non-state partners on the regional and local level, allowing for active and decisive implication of NGOs, local communities and local authorities.
Taking into account that international technical assistance to the Republic of Belarus in the field of health care has been provided to date through specialized UN agencies, the project will be based on years of experience of implementation of such projects by UN agencies. Joint involvement into coordination of implementation of the current project, UN agencies both in Belarus and at the global level, will promote common approaches and coordinate activities to be consistent with the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness.
The strategy of the project is built in accordance with he WHO recommendations and the outcomes of the joint mission of the United Nations for the prevention and control of NCDs:
The programme will deliver technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and be in line with the developing national strategy for sustainable socio-economic development of the Republic of Belarus until 2030 and National program to combat non-communicable diseases for 2015-2020, reflecting the issues of primary and secondary prevention of NCDs as well as implement several pilot projects. All indicative activities are targeted to be implemented primarily on the local level with wide involvement of civil society organizations, local initiatives, and local authorities.
Support of the National efforts within the project will be provided in accordance with the following objectives:
The Ministry of Health will supervise management of the project progress, effective use of project resources and achievement of the planned results of the project. UN Agencies involved into the project implementation will ensure that the resources entrusted to it by the donor for project implementation shall be used in accordance with the terms of the European Union's financial contribution to the project, and that the implementation of the project activities leads to achievement of the planned results of the project and contributes to the results of the UNDAF for 2011 – 2015 and 2016 – 2020.
A Project Steering Committee (PSC) will be established within the framework of the project. The PSC will monitor and analyze the implementation process and provide advice on the most effective implementation strategy to ensure achievement of project results and coordination of relevant activities. It will also approve the annual work plans and, as necessary, key project documents. PSC will convene for meeting as deemed necessary, but no less than twice a year.
The representative of the Ministry of Health will chair the PSC. PSC will include representatives of the Delegation of the European Union, UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and UNFPA and other stakeholders.
For the effective and timely implementation of the project, a project team will be established and headed by a project manager. The project manager will be responsible for the daily management of the project and project staff in accordance with rules and procedures of the Joint Programming, the national legislation of the Republic of Belarus.
At the same time, to reduce risks related to the project management, appointment of a project manager and project management team will be subject to consultations between UN Agencies, the EU and the Ministry of Health.
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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